Fast Five Netball World Series 27th – 28th October, Melbourne

Nellakir are proud to be associated with the Fast Five Netball World Series.

A temporary Sprung Timber Sports Flooring supplied exclusively by AF Horner / Australasian Sports Flooring is being installed by Nellakir for this spectacular Event.

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Fast5 Netball World Series

Fast5 is netball like you’ve never seen before; featuring dynamic rules changes including five players a side, shorter quarters, power plays and super shots!

The Fast5 Netball World Series is fan focused with a huge emphasis on fun. The event is the perfect opportunity to get your friends and teammates together, pulling out your costumes and enjoy a weekend full of world class netball and entertainment.

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The Fast5 Netball World Series will be hosted at Hisense Arena, Melbourne – 27-28 October 2018.

Pre-sale tickets are available from Thursday 19 July (9am AEST) to Sunday 22nd July (11.59pm AEST). Sign up here for access and to be sent the link and code Thursday morning prior to sale time. Tickets will be available to the general public on Monday 23rd July 2018.

2018 will be the third and final time the Fast5 World Series will be played on Australian soil. England won the 2017 tournament, following on from New Zealand winning in 2016, so Australia will be vying for top place in their final hosting year at the 2018 event. The Fast5 World Series features the world’s best teams and players, including Australia, New Zealand, England, Jamaica, Malawi and South Africa.

All teams will play six 24 minute games across the two-day series. Each team will feature on both days of competition, with finals held on Sunday. 1000 goals are estimated to be scored across the two-day series.

The Event

The Fast5 Netball World Series is provides a great opportunity for fans to witness netball’s newest format on Australian soil, with the action-packed two-day event to be held in October at Melbourne’s Hisense Arena in 2018, (dates to be announced). Fast5 is netball like you’ve never seen before; featuring dynamic rules changes including five players a side, shorter quarters, power plays and super shots.

The Fast5 Netball World Series will feature the world’s best, with teams from Australia, New Zealand, England, Jamaica, Malawi and South Africa.

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All teams will play six 24 minute games across the two-day series. Each team will feature on both days of competition, with finals held on Sunday.

Melbourne has won the rights to host the Fast5 Netball World Series, which began in 2009, from 2016 to 2018. The 2018 event will be the final year of hosting, so be sure to sign up to the enewsletter database to be the first in the know when tickets are going on sale.

Get your friends and teammates together, pull out your costumes and enjoy a weekend full of world-class netball and entertainment.

Source: fast5worldseries.com.au

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Australia takes lead in Netball Quad series with win over arch rival England

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At Nellakir, Victoria and Tasmania’s leading provider of Sprung Timber Sports Floors, we take more than a passing interest in how our National teams fare in both Netball and Basketball. Nellakir built the two major show courts at the Victorian Netball Centre in Royal Park, so it was with some satisfaction that we note Australia’s victory over England in that sport (Netball) at the Netball Quad series being played in Newcastle yesterday, exacting revenge on the team that beat them in the Commonwealth Games in April.

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Victorian State Netball Centre

Championship level Netball requires a championship level surface. Nellakir use and recommend ASF Horner Sports Flooring systems for truly professional Sports Flooring of the highest quality. In NSW these same ASF Horner systems are installed by Shoreline Sports Floors and the surface of the venue for the Netball Quad series is one of our sister company’s (Shoreline) completed and maintained projects. Read all about the game here…

Australia grind out victory over England to take Quad Series lead

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Almost five months to the day since England sensationally beat Australia to claim netball gold at the Commonwealth Games, a less-than-sparkling Diamonds team exacted their revenge, seeing off the Roses 52-47 in Newcastle to take the lead in the Quad Series.

Lisa Alexander’s charges may have won the first encounter between the nations since that watershed moment on the Gold Coast in April, but it was a grind. The win in front of 4,544 fans at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre also came with a big asterisk.

England were without Jo Harten, who was sidelined with a knee complaint, after getting a knock late in the Roses’ 52-39 victory against New Zealand on Saturday. England, with the NSW Swift recruit Natalie Haythornthwaite starting at goal attack in Harten’s absence and their Games hero Helen Housby back at shooter, settled quicker than the Diamonds and led 14-11 at quarter-time. An upset looked on the cards.

But once the Diamonds attack end hit their stride, thanks to the injection of Liz Watson for Kim Ravaillion at centre at quarter-time and a more settled Caitlin Bassett, who shot 37 from 40 at 93% accuracy thanks to beautiful feeding from Kelsey Browne, by half-time Australia had taken the ascendency 26-24.

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Alexander admitted the Diamonds were disappointed Harten was missing. “I must admit, yes we would have really loved that challenge,” she said. But, in the lead-up to the World Cup in Liverpool next July, Alexander said the side would work hard to simulate the Harten/Housby partnership in training.

Alexander played down talk of revenge and said Australia were thinking about the future, not the past. “It’s about establishing our way of playing, we’ve got a new group. For bits of tonight I thought we did that. But we’ve got work to do. It was a grind really tonight.”

When the sides meet again, on English soil, physicality will be a talking point. Alexander was not impressed with the “hit and bang style” employed in Newcastle. “It’s a very interesting style … closing off space really,” she said.“We’re not playing like that. We play with skill. We try to get our defenders going around the body, to the line of the ball, not hitting the bodies … I thought that was a little bit untidy tonight.”

Source: theguardian.com

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Netball Takes Centre Stage

The Netball International Quad Sports Series gets underway this weekend in the UK. It’s the final opportunity for players to impress the selectors before the Commonwealth Games selections are made for that competition which commences in April.

Played Indoors on Sprung Timber Sports Floors, this is the highest level of Netball Competition in Australia. Nellakir is proud to provide premium playing surfaces for Australia’s budding stars. Go Aussies!

Laura Geitz, Sharni Layton ‘still in the picture’ for Games netball team

COACH Lisa Alexander says Laura Geitz and Sharni Layton “are still in the picture’’ for Commonwealth Games selection as a Diamonds squad minus the two star defenders heads overseas for the first international netball series of the year.

Alexander had new mum Geitz and defender Layton, on the comeback from a long break due to exhaustion, at a training camp in Canberra and said both impressed.

“For Sharni to be back on court was an achievement for her. She was able to put some solid performances out there and that’s a tremendous thing for her. We are very proud of her,’’ said Alexander before flying out Monday.

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“She is in the squad and still in the (Commonwealth Games) picture.

“Laura also did very well. She got through the camp successfully and many hard matches.

“I think she convinced herself she was able to play at this level again. She had to convince herself she could do it.’’

But while the pair are in the selection mix they are on the backfoot compared to teammates heading to the UK and South Africas for the January Quad series.

These 14 players have additional chances to impress selectors in matches against South Africa, England and New Zealand.

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Laura Geitz in action before taking a break to start a family.

“I want to see them still improving.’’ Alexander said. “It is a really challenging period but this group is up for it.’’

Australia’s first outings of the Quad series are against South Africa and England in the UK on Jan 21 and 23 (AEDT).

The Diamonds then head to Johannesburg to meet New Zealand on January 26.

Australian Diamonds in Quad Series: Caitlin Bassett, April Brandley, Courtney Bruce, Paige Hadley, Emily Mannix, Kate Moloney, Susan Pettitt, Kim Ravaillion, Gabi Simpson, Caitlin Thwaites, Gretel Tippett, Liz Watson, Jo Weston, Stephanie Wood.

Source: news.com.au

Commonwealth Games netball spots up for grabs in Quad series

Australian coach Lisa Alexander says there is pressure on every player in the Diamonds Quad series touring side to perform at their best against South Africa this weekend with Commonwealth Games spots up for grabs.

AUSTRALIAN netball coach Lisa Alexander says there is pressure on every player in the Diamonds Quad Series touring side to perform at their best against South Africa this weekend with Commonwealth Games spots on offer.

Alexander has a longstanding practice of selecting form over reputation with the four-team Quad series the last chance for players to force their way into the Commonwealth Games 12.

Australia is taking on the South African Proteas, the English Roses and the New Zealand Silver Ferns in the tournament – the last international series before the Commonwealth Games netball competition kicks off in April.

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Pic 4 – Stephanie Wood and Caitlin Thwaites of the Diamonds go up for the ball together in last year’s Constellation Cup with New Zealand.

Alexander says the three-match tour being played in the UK this weekend and South Africa next weekend is the final chance for players to cement their positions with competition within the squad at the highest level.

“There is a lot of pressure on their performance. It is very important how they perform here,’’ she said.

“The team is only three to four weeks away. They know what they have to do.’’

Alexander said the Diamonds go into the series with confidence after a highly successful Commonwealth Games simulation camp earlier this month.

“It was the best squad camp I have ever been a part of,’’ she said. The quality was spot on.

“They are fighting for Commonwealth Games selection and the athletes continue to improve and do their work. Everyone is still showing improvement.

Missing from the tour are defenders Sharni Layton and Laura Geitz who attended last weeks camp and are “still in the picture’’ for Games selection despite their absence from the international arena in recent times.

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Kayla Cullen of New Zealand and Gabi Simpson during Australia’s last international outing at the 2017 Constellation Cup.

Layton has been on a break for exhaustion with Geitz a new mother.

Australia are the defending Commonwealth Games champions after beating New Zealand at the last tournament four years ago.

MATCH DETAILS

Netball Quad Series – Test 1
South Africa Proteas v Australian Diamonds
Sunday 2.30am AEDT
Copper Box Arena, London
TV
Channel 9 2.30am AEDT

Source: news.com.au

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Netball shines at first ever Australian and New Zealand Kids’ Choice Sports Awards

In the last 12 months, Nellakir has been involved in the building of up to 16 new Multipurpose Courts at Schools featuring Sprung Timber Sports Flooring and in a number of cases, Retractable Stadium Seating. These courts are used by local and regional teams in Netball competition which in turn fosters the sport of Netball at a local level. Nellakir is proud to support the sport of Netball and by providing the very best in Sports Flooring ensures that tomorrow’s and today’s champions play on the best possible competition surfaces.

From Netball Australia News:

Netball shines at first ever Australian and New Zealand Kids’ Choice Sports Awards

Two Suncorp Super Netballers have taken out honours at Australia and New Zealand’s first ever Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports Awards.

GIANTS Netball’s Jamie-Lee Price was named ‘Next Big Thing’, with Sunshine Coast Lightning’s Laura Langman awarded the ‘Hands of Gold.’

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Jamie-Lee Price is an agile midcourter who spent most of her junior netball playing in New Zealand. In 2017, she made the move across the ditch to progress her career in Australia’s domestic competition, Suncorp Super Netball with GIANTS Netball, runners up in the inaugural Grand Final.

In her first year playing in the national league on Australian soil, Jamie-Lee also represented Australia at the Netball World Youth Cup in Botswana where she was named Player of the Tournament.

The Next Big Thing nominees are superstars of the future, on the rise; this award could be all it takes to rocket them from the field into folklore.

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Laura Langman was instrumental in the club’s premiership-winning debut season. A veteran of 141 consecutive Test matches, Langman represented New Zealand from 2005-2016 but was ineligible for selection this year while playing in Australia. She will step away from netball in 2018.

The Hands of Gold nominees are palm-ministers, born with fingers of fury. They drop nothing, they stop everything – their limbs are legendary!

After six weeks of voting, Nickelodeon unveiled kids’ favourite athletes when the one-hour special premiered on Nickelodeon and FOX SPORTS 503 tonight. Male and female athletes from a variety of sports took out the top honours in this slime-filled celebration of sports stars.

Source: netball.com.au

Netball is a fantastic sport. It provides an excellent outlet for girls and women to enjoy a truly competitive sport. And now that it has been accepted as an Olympic Sport, our next Gold Medalist may well be learning their craft at your local Indoor Court.

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New Stadiums a must for Women’s Sports in Victoria

Over the last 50 years in Victoria, women’s sporting facilities have not received the same funding as have those for men’s sports such as Cricket and Football. The current Government, through its Private/Public Partnership project have to some extent addressed this with construction of modern competition Basketball/Netball courts incorporated in both New School construction and school refurbishment projects. Utilising competition grade timber sports flooring, Nellakir has constructed many of these courts over recent times. The courts are then used by the schools and the broader local community for recreational use.

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In itself the PPP program doesn’t guarantee access for all local competitions. Many Netball teams and competitions struggle to gain access to the premium facilities, based on the shortage of such facilities and the overwhelming demand for their usage by various groups.

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Two such instances had an impact on this weeks news. The demolition of the Chadstone Bowling Club to make way for a new Sports Stadium that will cater for the Stonnington area over the next decade, providing a new facility for the existing population that is at present grossly underserviced facility wise. The case has received wide publicity. Stonnington Council estimates there will be at least 30,000 new arrivals in this area in the next decade. It pointed to the fact that currently for those wishing to play Netball, Basketball, Volleyball or other minor sports requiring Timber Sports Flooring in a designated stadium there is only one court for every 5190 residents who wish to play such sports. The ratio for more traditional, generally male dominated sports such as Cricket and Football is 724 residents per pitch or oval. Bowls or Tennis players rated 255 residents per court.

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In Northcote the situation is demonstrably similar in terms of demographics and assets dedicated to those who choose to play the stadium based sports of Netball, Basketball, Volleyball or similar. There is a particular failing identified in the Darebin area, but by no means is it restricted to Darebin. Facilities for women and girls sports are manifestly inadequate across the board.

Blood on the courts in Northcote netball stoush

Anyone pining for a taste of Northcote’s lost reputation as a tough part of town should skip High Street’s bourgeois bars and boutiques and head for the junior netball courts.

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Carly Kluge, president of the Parkside Netball Club, with players.  Photo: Eddie Jim

“When you are really trying hard and go for a ball and miss you’ve got a lot of blood on elbows and knees going on; we’re constantly restocking first aid kits,” Parkside Netball Club president Carly Kluge​ said.

The club of 150 members trains on a lumpy car park that fills with puddles after it rains, or on outdoor courts at two neighbourhood primary schools, because it can’t get access to an indoor court.

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Participation rates for netball in Darebin are much lower than average. Photo: Rob Gunstone

According to a 2014 council report there are just 13 netball courts in the city of Darebin, which has a population of almost 150,000.

The dearth of good netball courts is a problem that stretches right across the Northcote electorate, Darebin council says, unlike the male-dominated sports of cricket and football, which have numerous available fields on which to play.

With the political spotlight on Northcote, which faces a byelection on November 18, the council – four of whose nine councillors are Greens – has sought to pressure the Andrews government to build better facilities.

It wants the Labor government to help it build a $32 million indoor sports stadium, big enough for 5000 members, at the John Cain Memorial Park in Thornbury.

Darebin has committed $6.5 million of its own funds to the proposal and wants the Andrews government to invest $25 million.

The council has also proposed naming the stadium after Fiona Richardson, the Labor MP for Northcote and Minister for Women, whose death from cancer in August has forced the byelection.

The government has so far focused its campaign for Northcote on housing affordability and renters’ rights, in an electorate where median house prices have grown to well above $1 million.

The Greens have tried to wedge Labor on the continued logging of native forests.

The council’s whistle-blowing on the lack of sporting facilities for girls seeks to bring the campaign back to local issues.

“For more than a century the majority of public money has been invested in facilities that cater to men,” Darebin mayor Kim Le Cerf said.

The lack of good local facilities meant women and girls were forced to change in their cars, then play on substandard outdoor courts, Cr Le Cerf said.

“In 2017, why are we still letting girls down so badly?”

Minister for Sport John Eren​ said the government had already spent almost $2.5 million on building and upgrading netball courts in Darebin and did not rule out council’s proposed stadium.

“We’re already working closely with council on this proposal and are considering their application,” Mr Eren said.

A 2014 report by Netball Victoria found participation rates in Darebin were less than a third of the state average: just 0.70 per cent of people in the municipality play organised netball, compared with 2.3 per cent statewide.

Julie Zucco​, president of the Darebin Netball Association, argued this was not for lack of interest.

Competition with other sports such as volleyball and basketball for scarce court space was so intense that the association had cut back the number of nights it has competitive matches from four to two a week, Ms Zucco said.

“New courts, new facilities would mean a huge impact for us,” she said.

“It would mean a lot more children would be able to get in and play sport where they may be missing out at this present stage.”

source: theage.com.au

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Nellakir are enthusiastic in supporting the further development of Basketball, Netball, Volleyball and Badminton facilities. As a company Nellakir is Victoria’s leading builder and supplier of high quality Sprung Timber Sports Flooring. When constructed Nellakir can provide sensible, practical long term maintenance programs for all competition rated Sports Flooring and Stadium Seating.

Call now on 03 9467 6126 or leave your details here on our website and our team will contact you to further discuss your needs.

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Netball – The Best Game

Netball is Australia’s most popular womens sport catering for competitions ranging from Junior through to Senior with an Australia-wide premium competition that currently is featured on Free to Air Television – Netball Australia’s 8 team National Competition.

Nellakir have been involved with the construction of most premium competition courts in the Greater Melbourne area and the nearby Regional Cities. The Nellakir team constructed the current Victorian Netball Centre main courts. These are constructed in  premium sprung timber sports flooring and can be viewed on our website here

As well the company is actively involved in cyclical maintenance of a large number of courts both in Greater Melbourne and regional Victoria currently used for premium competitive Netball.

At Nellakir we believe in fostering the sport of Netball as a healthy, regular team sport. The Victorian State Government PPP program is now ensuring that kids have a genuine opportunity to play and participate in most parts of Melbourne and rural Victoria. The PPP (Public Private Partnership) program is ensuring that Netball Courts are incorporated in the majority of new schools built and also with school upgrades.

Netball is a skilful game. It requires quick thinking and action with good hand to eye coordination. it is fast becoming a recognised international sport and in all likelihood may well feature at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

It is more than interesting seeing the sport regain a foothold in the USA. This is where it started many years ago, as a genteel version of Basketball for ‘proper young ladies’. However since those days the game has evolved dramatically and it is now a fast paced, incredibly skilful game with major differences to Basketball. This includes court position, no dribbling the ball, no contact and the three second rule that requires ball disposal within a three second period. It’s a wonderful team sport that encourages the development of physical, mental and social skill sets.

For anyone looking to encourage their children to play sport and exercise, Netball is an excellent choice. For those of you interested we have placed a video this week on Facebook featuring the growth of the game in New York. You can watch it here

And remember in junior grades boys can play too! So step to it. Netball is the buzz. Enrol your children for real fun and fitness now. And you never know – if they’re playing indoors on a sprung timber sports floor – it’s probably a Nellakir floor!

Nellakir Supports Junior Netball

‘Netta’ is a version of Netball adapted for juniors aged 5 and upwards to learn Netball and enjoy competitive sport.

It’s recognised that Netball and junior sports participation offers a range of benefits both health wise and socially.

Socially, Netball assists in:

  • Life skills development – commitment, concentration, communication
  • Responsibility in learning and self discipline
  • Learning team dynamics
  • Coping with success and failure
  • Developing a sense of belonging, community, loyalty and fraternity
  • Assisting gifted children in adapting to use their skills to assist others

Netball Australia has formulated Junior Netball policy and the first step for many children is in playing ‘Netta’.

Here are the rules and differentiation from Competition Netball.

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Netball rules compared to Netta (Junior Netball) rules. Source

At Nellakir with major effort being placed on the sound construction and maintenance of Sprung Timber Sports Flooring in School and Community facilities where junior teams compete weekly, we commend Netball Australia and ensure all courts constructed meet the standards required and demanded by the governing body of the sport – Netball Australia